On Saturday night, Minneapolis police arrested the suspect who allegedly set two Minneapolis mosques on fire last week in south Minneapolis and now faces federal arson charges.
Suspect In Two Minneapolis Mosque Fire Scenes
Jackie Rahm Little, 36 years old was charged by warrant earlier this week in Hennepin County in connection with a fire on the third fKloor of the Masjid Al Rahma Islamic Center, and Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office brought Little into custody in Mankato, reported by the Boston25 news.
According to the criminal complaint against the suspect in the Minneapolis mosques fire scene that Little was seen in the surveillance footage that he was entering the center carrying a bag with a gasoline can inside. Not that long, a staff member noticed a fire near the offices but was extinguished before it could spread throughout the whole mosque.
Little was charged with second-degree arson after he allegedly created a fire in the bathroom at the Masjid Omar Islamic Center on April 23, and in the hallway of Masjid Al Rahma a day later, according to a federal complaint
Moreover, a representative of Masjid Al Rahma informed investigators the damages of the fire is caused by “tens of thousands of dollars”, according to the complaint states.
Little Had Previously Harassed A Female Muslim
News Channel3 sated in thier article that Little’s Mother told investigators that her son “extensively harassed a Muslim female” in the past and “has had a fascination with fire from a young age” as per the complaint. The mother also claimed that she suspected her son in “several unreported arson events.”
Little’s mother identified his son in surveillance footage of the arsons. Little was also recognized by Plymouth police on a previous arson investigation. Brian O’Hara Chief of Minneapolis Police Station that Little’s motive for the fires was an attempt “to inflict terror onto the Muslim community.”
O’Hara reassured that they are committed to protecting the Constitutional right of Freedom of Religion for every resident and visitor in the city.
Monday, Little is scheduled to make his first court appearance.